Monday, July 28, 2008


How do you know when you're done with a revision of a manuscript?

A) You re-write a paragraph multiple times. Three hours pass. Then you delete everything and reinstate the original.

B) You start adjusting the spacing at the beginning of chapter headings.

C) Your deadline is a welcome restraining order. Step away from the manuscript!

D) You're a different person than when you began. Something wild has been released. The manuscript has escaped the cage you first built for it and left you, its creator, to deal with the aftermath.

If you picked D, you're a drama queen. Just like me.


  1. Sara,

    I might have had a go at "all of the above."

  2. Hurray! I have to agree -- all of the above, although my manuscripts don't tend to be as "wild..." Hah!

  3. Definitely all of the above. I'd also add E) You tell everyone your manuscript is finished, but secretly waver between "It's the best thing ever written" and "Pure drivel."

  4. You start obsessing over the spelling of common words. (Is that really the way "said" is spelled??)

    Congrats on the escape! :-)

  5. Congratulations! I think drama queens make the best writers!


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